1871-S 10C MS63 Certification #21478455, PCGS #4655

Owner's Comments

Mintage: 320,000
Obverse Dies: 2 Known

Two sets of obverse and reverse dies for 1871 San Francisco coinage producing three separate die pairing varieties. A scarce date that is more difficult to locate than its mintage would suggest. Rare and underrated in Mint State.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Repunched 18, Well Struck For 1871-S, Silver Centers with Radial Brown Toning

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1871-S Dime has a small mintage of 320,000 coins, but this is in line with many of the preceding years,  Nonetheless, this date is more valuable than P-Mint dates with even lower mintages (1869 comes to mind), mostly because of the attrition of Mint State examples as they travelled across the country from the San Francisco Mint to the collectors back east.  Perhaps two dozen Mint State examples are known, mostly in MS63 and MS64.  Gems are very, very rare, and none are known above MS66.  

Dime researcher, Gerry Fortin, has identified three different die pairs that were used to strike all of the 1871-S Dimes.  All three varieties have a small, weak mintmark.

17.90 millimeters
James Barton Longacre
2.48 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 250 R-6.6 4 / 67 TIE 11 / 122 TIE
All Grades 25 R-9.0 13 / 67 TIE 27 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 12 / 67 TIE 28 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

W. F. Greany, sold privately in 1/1904 - J.M. Clapp Collection - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1193, $6,820 - Heritage 8/2017:3929, $30,550

2 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Bob Simpson Collection of Seated Dimes - Heritage 9/2010:3680, $14,950

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Jason Carter, sold privately in 5/2009 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98272, $11,750

4 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade